Saturday, February 27, 2021

Bennington Does It Again...


Virtual QXP Model

Leave it to Bennington to incorporate cutting edge technology into their website.  The Bennington pontoon consumer website just went crazy virtual.

Bennington has always been miles ahead of the competition when it comes to innovation, styling, and performance.  Now, leave it to's like they commissioned Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg to build their website.  

Bennington was first to the market with Simtex vinyl (soft cloth-like seats...not shiny, sticky plastic that cracks in the sun).  They were first to develop the swing back seating option instead of the old L Box that took up too much space.

Swing Back Seating

And Bennington was first to decide it wasn't a pipe dream to build a pontoon boat big enough and powerful enough to combat the ocean.

Hamlin's Marine is going to be featuring a full display of Bennington Pontoon Boats  at our upcoming Freshwater Boat Sale at our new showroom on the Belfast waterfront on March 11th-14th.   Click Here for full details.

In the meantime, make sure you take a trip to another dimension and build you dream Bennington on the new website:

Your New Bennington

Monday, February 15, 2021

No Boat Shows? No Problem!


Augusta Boat Show 2020

Last year, Hamlin's Marine had an outstanding Augusta Boat Show in Mid-March.  We were in our element at the Augusta Civic Center, and everyone one was excited for summer and the upcoming boating season!  Triple toons, surf boats, deck boats, jet boats...they were all selling.  The sales team definitely had a few too many at Ruby Tuesday's on Saturday night.

After that, the Sportman's Shows and the Bangor Boat Show were cancelled.   And for the next year, all we heard was...6 Feet Apart, The New Normal, Masks, Social Distancing, Plexiglass, Home School, Cohorts, Moderna, Pfizer, Pandemic, Curbside Takeout, Curfews, Cancel Culture, Zoom Meetings, Urban Flight, etc., etc.

Well Cancel Culture is still in effect, so the Boat Shows are still a no go.  But...nothing, I mean nothing is going to slow down the boating season in 2021.  There's lots of hope on the horizon; there is nothing better on this earth than spending a day on the water with friends and family...especially now!

If you are in the market for a new boat or docking this year, Hamlin's Marine has scheduled three sales events over then next couple months.  Attend one of these sales events, and you will be able to shop our massive inventory and take advantage of manufacturer incentives and discounts.

Event Schedule:

Belfast Freshwater Boat Sale

Thursday, March 11th                  10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, March 12th                      10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, March 13th                   10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, March 14th                      10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 Hamlin's will feature over thirty packages on sale from Bennington Pontoons, Mastercraft, Hurricane, Alumacraft, G3, WeldcraftCarolina Skiff, Godfrey, Stingray, and Chris-Craft.

Belfast Candock 48 Hour Sale

Friday, March 26th                         10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Saturday, March 27th                      10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Hamlin's will feature Candock Modular Docking Systems.  20% off all docking, boat lift, and jetslide purchases during this two day event.

Belfast Saltwater Boat Sale

Thursday, April 8th                      10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, April 9th                          10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, April 10th                     10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, April 11th                         10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 Hamlin's will feature over thirty packages on sale from Jeanneau, Scout, SeaChaser, Puffin BoatsHurricaneWeldcraftCarolina Skiff,  and Chris-Craft.

Looking to seeing you all and showing you the best that Hamlin's Marine has to offer!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Candock Modular Docking Systems In Stock Now


Hamlin's Marine has the perfect solution for your waterfront with Candock Modular Floating Dock Systems.

Candock interlocking cubes are quick to install and anchor.  Make the switch from pressure-treated or aluminum docks and lifts, and you will thank yourself for years to come.

Whether you are looking for simple access to the water or an elaborate recreation platform, Candock has you covered.

Best of all, Hamlin's Marine will deliver your custom designed dock, or you can choose one of our discounted pre-assembled packages.

Discount Package #1 STR 30:

This dock package includes all the hardware and blocks for a 30' x 4.75' dock.  

Discounted Price: 

$5153 + tax 

* estimate $500 for anchoring tackle depending on waterfront

Discount Package #2 L25 x 30:

This dock package includes all the blocks and hardware for a 30' straight section and a 25' L section dock.

Discounted Price:

$8830 + tax

* estimate $750 for anchoring tackle depending on waterfront

Discount Package #3 T28 x 30:

This dock package includes all the blocks and hardware for a 30' straight section and 28 1/2' T section dock.

$9469 + tax

*estimate $1000 for anchoring tackle depending on waterfront

Mention this blog when placing your order with Hamlin's Marine and receive an additional 10% off on these packages!

Candock Sales Representatives:


Josh Hutchinson

(207) 872 5660


Chris Jordan

(207) 907 4385


Jason Phippen

(207) 930 3780

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Secure Your New 2021 Boat Package at Hamlin's Marine Now


Our Hampden, Waterville, and Belfast Showrooms are open now for the 2021 season.  As anticipated, the new boat market is red hot, and we are already busy putting boat packages together to launch as soon as the ice goes out.  

Interest rates are low, and for now...we've got a good stock of inventory from brands like Bennington, Godfrey, Hurricane, Mastercraft, Stingray, Chris Craft, Carolina Skiff, Jeanneau, Scout, Sea Chaser, Alumacraft, G3, Weldcraft, Scarab, and Puffin Boat Company.

For our complete inventory check out our website.  

You can shop, chat, text, and put a deposit on your new boat package right on the website, or you can make an in-person appointment with a salesperson if you prefer.

All of us at Hamlin's knew that boats would be scarce this spring, so Hamlin's Marine went out and made friends with a bunch of new boat companies last year including Weldcraft, Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, Alumacraft, Hurricane, Godfrey, and G3.   These new brands offer great value and quality.  Our veteran brands also have great deals now.  

Here are our best deals available now for Spring delivery:

1. Hurricane Sundeck 235 OB

This beautiful deckboat with sculpted walkthrough windshield, deluxe marine upholstery, head, and plenty of room for friends is equally comfortable on a lake or Penobscot Bay.  From a styling standpoint, this is the best looking deckboat I've seen come down the pipe.

The deal...

Only one of these babies on order in Monaco Blue loaded up with a Big Garmin GPS/FF, RGB Underwater Lights, Fusion Upgraded Audio Package, Gorgeous Sandstone & Charcoal Snap In Flooring, Upgraded Steering Wheel, Blacked Out Windshield Frame, Coastal Edition Package, Stainless Steel Upgrade, Dash Phone Holder, Woodgrain Stern Table, Pumpout Toilet, Canvas, and Yamaha F200XB.

Available now for delivery to your personal paradise for $59,995.

2. Weldcraft 18 Angler Sport

After a few years of attending the Seattle Boat Show and drooling over heavy gauge aluminum west coast fishing boats, Hamlin's Marine made the leap with Weldcraft.  If you aren't sold on Weldcraft, you will be after watching this video: 

The deal...

Every boat on the lake will be crossing lines to check out this Weldcraft with plate aluminum, precision welds, massive fishing cockpit, and giant side walls.  Hamlin's has two on order powered by a Yamaha F115 and trailer starting at $41,314.

3. Alumacraft Escape 145CS

Alumacraft is back at Hamlin's Marine after a couple of years off.  Bombardier purchased Alumacraft to jumpstart Evinrude E-Tec sales, but Evinrude ceased production last year.  Now Yamaha is allowed back on the transom, and the world is rejoicing!

The deal...

Best compact fishing package for a couple adults. Yamaha F25, trailer, and mooring cover for only $16,495.

4. Sea Chaser 20 HFC

Hamlin's delivered our first Sea Chasers last fall, and our customers couldn't be happier with the features, styling, and quality.  A 20' Center Console is the most sought after coastal boat in Maine.  The 20 HFC with Yamaha F150 delivers!

The deal...

We have a 20 HFC coming in with a Solid Black Hull, Black Powder Coat T-Top, Flip Up Console with Head & Changing Curtain, Deluxe Leaning Post, Sea Star Hydraulic Steering, Stainless Flush Mount Rod Holders, Yamaha F150, and Tandem Axle Trailer for only $59,849.

5. Stingray 172 SC Deckboat

Hamlin's has a limited allocation of Stingray's newest model the 172 SC Deckboat.  This is a little package with Napoleon Complex.  Full big boat features include lots of seating with options including Full Hull Color, Bimini Top, Ski Tow Cage, Stainless Hardware, Helm Bucket Seat with Bolster, Tilt Steering, Fishing Package with Livewell, and a Cover.  Several incoming packages available for less than $30,000.

6. Carolina Skiff 192 JLS

This package makes me drool, as I love to chase fish.  I rarely catch them, but nonetheless...Carolina Skiff makes you look like a pro.  This 192 JLS is long, but skinny allowing for easy trailering and exploring.  It has a shallow draft with a big HP capacity if you want it.  A Yamaha F90 is more than adequate...but who wants adequate?

The deal...

Complete Hull Color, Bimini Top, 24V Trolling Motor Plug, Yamaha F90, and Trailer for only...$31,495.

Call, Text, FB Message, Send a Messenger Pigeon, Smoke Signal, Flare, or Just Stop in with Mask and Get Your Boat!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Don't Be Scared To Buy a Boat Sale


Our annual Don't Be Scared to Buy a Boat Sale is finally here at Hamlin's MarineJust like everything else this godforsaken year...things are a little different in the world of boating.
 First off, there simply aren't enough boats, motors, and trailers to meet the demand across the country.  Urban flight has taken hold and millions of people are choosing free time in the great outdoors over grueling commutes and over-priced lattes. 

There has never been a better time to buy a boat in the fall than right now, and we are offering great incentives to buy now:



Don't Be Scared to Buy a Boat now if you plan on being on the water in Maine next year.  Hamlin's has inventory now, as well as some excellent new options like Weldcraft hardcore aluminum fishing boats.



Or, check out Hurricane deck boats for family-friendly fun.


Want a deal? Check out these budget-friendly holdover hitlist packages:

New 2017 Alumacraft T-Pro 195 with Yamaha VMax 175 loaded with high-end electronics package.  Was $50,944 Now $36,500! 


New 2020 Stingray 225 SE with 6.2 L Mercruiser Was $61,240 Now $55,979!


New 2020 Scout 215 Dorado with Yamaha F150 Was $65,062 Now $62,995! 

New 2020 Leader 9.0 Walk Around with Twin Yamaha F250s Was $168,020 Now $154,975! 

New 2020 Mastercraft X22 Surf Boat Was $176,272 Now $154,968! 


New 2019 Chris Craft 28 GT Launch with Yamaha F425 Was $278,446 Now $195,495 !





Monday, August 10, 2020

Hamlin's Marine is Coming To Belfast!

 Belfast, Maine has long held a special place in my heart.  It was where I first fell in love with the ocean.  A special place where Main Street ends at the city boat launch.  

This is a city where boating of all forms collide...lobster boats, sail boats, tug boats, old money yachts, and recreational power boats.

Our first trip with the PenBay Explorers Cruising Club based in Hampden was destined for Belfast.  A decade ago, novice boaters ventured down the river from our marina in Hampden and had a luncheon on the back deck of Rollie's.  Our club ventured to the legendary and defunct Marshall Wharf to gorge on oysters and the finest brews.  

It's hard to imagine that Belfast was once known for it's dirty industry, chicken processing, and gritty living.  

Now Belfast is thriving with retail shops, festivals (pre-Covid), fine restaurants, and a beautiful harbor walk winding through a patchwork of shipyards, downtown, and open green space.

The green grass meets the ocean at the entrance of the harbor where Belfast Marina is expanding to meet the needs of increasing boat traffic.  

I'm excited to announce that Hamlin's Marine is now part of this bustling waterfront at 7 Front Street.  We have a small display of boats on the waterfront and are working hard to prepare to move into a showroom that will soon be filled with new boats from Scout, Jeanneau, Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, Weldcraft, and many other lines all powered by Yamaha.  

I was down at the facility this morning while the painters were finishing up the interior.  It won't be long until we can open the doors and be part of a new boating community.  I can't wait!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

July is Chris-Craft Month at Hamlin's Marina

brand logo

Hamlin's Marina is hosting not one, but two opportunities to test drive a Chris-Craft in the month of July.  In order to attend these sponsored events, you must pre-register.

Check out this video to understand why Chris-Craft has been America's boat builder since 1874...

Chris Craft Fleet, Boat
Chris Craft Fleet, Boat
Our first event will be hosted at Hamlin's Marina in Hampden.  Orono Brewing Company & McLaughlin's at the Marina will be sponsoring our weekly Hamlin's Happy Hour from 4 PM to 6 PM on Wednesday, July 22nd.  Click Here to register for the Chris-Craft Happy Hour.

The second event will be at The Village Inn & Tavern in Belgrade, Maine.  Sponsored by The Belgrade Lakes Association and the Village Inn & Tavern, this event will feature an elegant luncheon on the lawn on the shores of Great Pond.  Following lunch, registered guests will have the opportunity to pilot the world's most beautiful boats.  Click Here to register for the Great Pond Luncheon and Chris-Craft test drive event on Friday July, 24th from Noon until 4 P.M.!

Hamlin's Marina will be showcasing four in-stock models at these events including both the 28 Launch GT & 25 Launch GT, the 26 Calypso, and the classic 27 Launch.

Last year, we featured the 28 Launch GT on Sebago Lake at Sportsman's Kitchen and Keg.  Check out the footage...

Our 25 Launch GT is stunning in Port Red with a custom painted Yamaha F300.

2020 Chris-Craft 25 GT Launch - Outboard - Port Red/Metallic Black
2020 25 Launch GT at the Boston Boat Show

Our 26 Calypso is a twin engine family day boat with a hard top and fishing features.

Finally, our 27 Launch resonates with timeless low slung lines and a powerful Mercruiser sterndrive.

Hamlin's Marina can't wait to see you at one of our events in July.  Make family history this month with a new Chris-Craft!!